Unai Emery says that Arsenal fans need to remember the state of the team when he took over in May 2018, and insists he has made the team more competitive.
Although he failed to secure a top four finish last season from a very strong position, and lost the Europa League final badly to Chelsea, the Gunners boss has suggested that memories are short.
Ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League clash against Vitoria, he said, “Sometimes we forget the memory and we need to remember.
“When I arrived, this team needed to be more competitive. Arsenal, in their history, were winning 1-0 and being very competitive, but it was not enough.
“Then the process of being competitive and with improved creativity. When I arrived here, the creativity was more or less good, but being competitive was worse.
“It was not enough. I think last year I started to improve being competitive, also with some very good matches playing with creativity.
“This year we are in that process, but also with patience because our strategy as a club has some new players and young players.
“We are being competitive. With our creativity, maybe we have lost a little, but I know we are going to recover that.
“I want to show our supporters our energy and our intensity because I think that is something we improved last year and this year.
“There are a lot of supporters with different opinions. Some want more creativity, some want maybe more intensity, more energy.
“I want both. My way is both.
“My idea is to be competitive, with creativity. Our creativity sometimes is good, sometimes very good and sometimes worse.
“We have time and we have very young players, who we are giving confidence, minutes in the Premier League to adapt to the rhythm we want. We are in a process. Here, the most important is the club, the strategy of the club, the team, the group.
“Our job is finding how we can improve and get better in our way, and one is creativity.
“We are winning at home, but I think we can win and we can also be more clear in our style, improving maybe that creativity.”
Arsenal lost their last outing 1-0 to newly promoted Sheffield United.